PornoRomance is a story of a young man who lives for his unfulfilled dream. Like all of us, he has a dream and believes in its temporal fulfillment; in dream becoming reality. He wants to become a porn star and have a woman.
The main line of the movie is comprised by a story of the first ever Sex shop in Slovakia. Karol Raffay had started his own business after the November revolution in 1989. He and his family sex-business as well as democracy in Slovakia basically
undergo the same process and the movie is finding the parallels between these two.It tells a story of the shop, its customers, sexual history of the country with big volition and small self-confidence. It shows sexual life of Slovaks against a background
of social, political and other changes. Slovak citizens can vote in free democratic elections for the first time, they can walk into a legal Sex shop for the first time as well. The situation is the same as in the postcomunist countries in the Europe. Both
freedoms cause them problems.
I am a Tabloid
In this up-to-date and investigative documentary, the director tracks the popularity and purpose of tabloids. He asks Tomas Holetz, an ex-tabloid journalist, to discuss his work and its influence on our lives. Begányi presents personalities, journalists, reporters, A and B category celebrities, but also regular people who just buy the daily press… Through these people, the viewer learns more about this phenomenon that characterizes our times…
This story began in 1990, in Eastern Europe. There was a poor village and a mayor who was willing to try anything. Today, Kechnec is a place visited by investors, European politicians, and ambassadors from around the world. They all want to see this miracle. Jozef Konkoly inherited a village that was dying out, with water that was barely drinkable, with only remains of past agricultural state property, and high unemployment rate. Themayor was saved by a miracle: he had a dream about an industrial park. Today, this place is the home of one of the largest and best known parks in Slovakia. The village’s value grew to EUR 63 million. And the mayor has not stopped dreaming. But he refrains from talking about it, so that people wouldn’t have him for a fool.
PETER BEGÁNYI (born 1980) – director and executive producer. He studied photography at the School of Applied Arts in Košice, Academy of Art in Banska Bystrica and VŠMU, Documentary Film Department, in Bratislava. He is the author of a short movie The End of the World (2003) about five people and their everyday problems. He has also drawn due attention by his radio play Mighty Peter or How to Become a Hero (2005). His graduate movie Pornoromantic (2005) tells a story of a student, who has a strange dream – he wants to find love and at the same time become a porn star. Another of his films – I am the Tabloid (2007) – is a portrait of a tabloid journalist presenting a behind-the-scene view of the sensation-loving media. EROTIC NATION 2009- The film of the original HBO production has been created for the documetary series „Uncensored“. Its synopsis has won in the contest of original Czech and Slovak documentaries organized by HBO.
1998 – 2003 Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica Faculty of Fine Arts Department of Audiovisual Arts. 2003 - 2005 Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Bratislava Film and TV faculty Documentary Department. Professional works: 1998, Why All This? – Author exhibition of photography, Eastern Slovak Gallery in Košice. 2000-2003, Regional magazine – broadcasting, STV Košice Directing different documentary films for STV Banská Bystrica, STV Bratislava. 2001, Tales for Children and Other Nations (book); Insider (documentary film), Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica (22min, DV CAM); 2003, The Dance Studio - (documentary film) - STV Banská Bystrica (26min, Betacam/ The End of the World - STV Košice (26min, Betacam); 2004 Bukxi - documentary film) - Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (15min, MiniDV); Anticipation - STV Bratislava (26min, MiniDV); 2005 Brave Peter – script - the puppet play for The Puppet Theatre in Žilina Bukxi (documentary film) STV Bratislava /26min, MiniDV/ The story of Brave Peter or How to Become a Hero (radio), Slovak Radio; 2005, Porno Romance (documentary film), Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava, in co-production with The Observation Unit (23min, MiniDV).
Awards 2003 40th International Festival Golden Prague, The Award of Vision 97 Foundation of Dagmar a Václav Havel - The Dance Studio /production STV Banská Bystrica /26min, Betacam/ 2004 ARTúr 2004 – 1. Award for the original dramatic text for children and young people - The story of Brave Peter or How to become a Hero 2004 Slovak Radio - 2. Award in public contest for anonym authors of the original fairytale play - The story of Brave Peter or How to become a Hero